Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that India has traditionally maintained close and friendly cooperation with regional organizations.
External Affairs Minister of India S. Jaishankar
India in United Nations Security Council: India told the United Nations Security Council on Monday that the basis of its vision as an independent, free and inclusive region of the Indo-Pacific is to seek ASEAN centrality and prosperity. Along with this, India has called for coordinated and concerted action across the border to counter the contemporary security challenges of terrorism, extremism and organized crime. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said, ‘We understand that cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations will be an important factor in successfully resolving contemporary challenges and conflicts.’
Addressing the open debate on the topic ‘Enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations’, he said that a rational assessment of cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations during the last 75 years is’ our future. Will provide a good basis for dialogues. Jaishankar said that India has traditionally maintained close and friendly cooperation with regional organizations and India’s relationship with ASEAN is the foundation of its foreign policy and its ‘Act East’ policy.
Committed to regional cooperation
He said that India’s vision of the Indo-Pacific as an independent, open and inclusive region is based on ASEAN centrality and common quest for progress and prosperity. Jaishankar has expressed India’s commitment to furthering regional cooperation under the ‘BIMSTEC’ framework and making the organization stronger, dynamic and more effective as well as result-oriented. He said that the nature of the threats faced by the member nations has changed compared to the time of the founding of the United Nations 75 years ago.
Mentioned relationships with Africa
Jaishankar said that contemporary security challenges are not limited to regional or political disputes, but rather they cross physical or political boundaries (India in United Nations). He said that in today’s global world, terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and organized crime is a growing trend. The security implications of new technologies cannot be ignored. Referring to India’s centuries-old relationship with Africa, Jaishankar said, “We have had close ties with the African Union, especially for the development partnership initiative.”
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